FY21-23 Immigration Services Funding RFA

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Closed (102 total applications submitted)
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  • Grant
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​Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) sections 13302-13307 authorize the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) to provide grants to qualified nonprofit organizations(Grantee) to provide services to immigrants residing in, or formerly residing in, the state of California, as set forth in this Agreement. These funds shall expand services by augmenting existing funding sources available to Grantee.


The funds provided for immigration services pursuant to this Agreement shall be for the sole purpose of providing: Services to provide legal consultations to individuals seeking immigration remedies; Services to assist with the application process for initial or renewal requests of deferred action under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS); Services to obtain Affirmative Immigration Remedies (AIR); Services to assist with the application process for naturalization and any appeals arising from the process with USCIS; Services to provide legal training and technical assistance and educational and capacity building activities that will augment the competent provision of legal services to immigrants, including for organizations located in and serving underserved communities; Free education and outreach activities that explain eligibility for deferred action, other immigration remedies, and naturalization; that promote the benefits of deferred action, other immigration remedies and citizenship; that explain immigration-related rights; and that refer individuals to a qualified service provider.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit

Please refer to the provided program website. 

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
January 15, 2022
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
24 months

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
$50,000 – $4,000,000
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State
The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Reimbursement(s)

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


For questions about this grant, contact:
Immigration Services Unit, 1-916-651-8017, ImmigrationServices@dss.ca.gov